Originally Posted by time4another
I am really interested in a cord bander...
I don't use a cord bander. I use curved a curved hemostat like this
with a cord ring, which is included in my client's birth kits. In His Hands and Birthsupplies.com both have them, as does bornwithlove.com, I think.
I've never liked infant stethoscopes and just use my same stethoscope for everything.
My baby scale is a $14 fish scale from Academy and I made the sling for it. I check it with a bag of sugar or a dumbell frequently to make sure that it is still accurate.
I couldn't afford a doppler outright, so I rented mine until I owned it. It cost about $100 more that way, but it was worth it for me. Now dopplers have REALLY come down from where they were 4 years ago and my apprentice got a used/refurbished form of my doppler for $150.00 (about $500 less than I paid!).
For my apprentice's birthday and Christmas each year, I buy her small things....like a sling and scale, a day planner (very important mw supply!), a prenatal bag for her supplies, a precip pack so she has everything she needs to catch a baby on her own. I've never spent more than $40 for a gift for her, but have helped a lot. Maybe your preceptor won't want to do this, but I'm sure there's *someone* in your life who would love to help you buy your midwifery supplies?